Tennis match betting example:
Andy Murray plays Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. Ladbrokes offers odds of 9/10 on Murray and evens on Djokovic. Say you back Murray and the final score of the match is 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to Murray. Your bet wins and you’ll be paid out at 9/10.
Football match betting example:
England plays Italy in the European Championships. Bet365 offers odds of 10/11 on England, odds of 2/1 on Italy and odds of 3/2 on the draw. Say you back England, but the final score of the match is 1-1. Your bet loses because the outcome is a draw.
Horse racing match betting example:
Two racehorses, A and B, are set to compete in a handicap hurdles race, which also includes 14 other entries.
William Hill offers odds of 9/10 on Horse A finishing the race ahead of Horse B, and odds of 2/1 on Horse B finishing ahead of Horse A. You believe Horse B is the stronger contender and so back it to outperform Horse A.
Horse B finishes the race in sixth place and Horse A finishes the race in tenth place. Although Horse B didn’t win the race or finish among the top places, your bet wins and you’ll be paid out at 2/1.
Golf match betting example:
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both compete in the US Masters. Boylesport offers odds of 7/10 on Tiger Woods achieving a better score for the tournament than McIlroy. Evens are offered on McIlroy achieving the better score, and odds of 3/1 are offered on the players finishing tied in the final standings.
You decide to bet on Woods achieving the better score. Woods finishes the tournament on -3, two strokes ahead of McIlroy on -1. Your bet wins and you’ll be paid out at 7/10.